TEAM GB will win their first medal at the Tokyo Olympics – but fans fumed the magical moment was not captured live for all to see.
Bradly Sinden booked his spot in the men’s 68kg taekwondo final at Makuhari Messe Hall.
Bradly Sinden booked his spot in the men’s 68kg taekwondo finalCredit: AFP
Sinden, 22, is guaranteed at least a silver medal and will compete for gold at 1.45pm this afternoon against Uzbekistan’s Ulugbek Rashitov.
But viewers were left fuming as the news was tweeted at 9.44am but then not shown on BBC until 9.54am.
One said: “Shame that the BBC are over 1 hour behind.”
Another said: “Congrats Shame it wasn’t live.”
One added: “BBC clearly can’t keep up then…”
Another added: “Heard it on BBC Radio 5 Live. Shame it was not Live on TV, not even live on the Red Button?”
The BBC also decided to put Chelsie Giles bronze medal judo win on the red button, while showing a replay of boxer Charley Davison’s win earlier in the day.
It comes after fans recently hit out at the BBC after Eurosport secured the bulk of the viewing rights.
The Beeb is only allowed to show two sports at the same time and will broadcast just over 350 hours of coverage, a significant drop from Rio.
The national broadcaster reportedly showed more than 3,000 hours of coverage from the last Games in 2016 thanks to their exclusive rights.
Eurosport’s parent company Discovery secured the European broadcasting rights for the Olympics in 2015, with the deal coming into play three years later.
He wrote: “I know we’ve got used to being able to see every sport – on various streams – at the Olympics.
“But, this time, the BBC is only allowed to show two sports at the same time. It is an issue about TV rights and not an editorial choice.”
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